Ryan Malone charged with DUI, cocaine possession

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was charged Saturday with driving under the influence and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, according to police in Florida.

Police claim Tampa Bay Lightning forward had 1.3 grams of cocaine in pockets

Ryan Malone (12) has five goals, 10 assists and 15 points with 67 penalty minutes in 57 games for the Lightning this season. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was charged Saturday with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, police said.

An officer saw Malone's SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the centre lane early Saturday, said Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski.

NHL Statement

“We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively
bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.”

-- NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly

After being pulled over, Malone got out of his vehicle and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Lusczynski said.

According to the police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone's pockets.

Malone refused to take field sobriety tests, but a breath test given at the jail recorded blood alcohol levels of 0.112 and 0.116 per cent, Lusczynski said.

Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.

Malone was released from the Hillsborough County jail on $2,500 US bond.

Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

Police impounded Malone's SUV.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Malone would not travel with the team for Tampa Bay's final regular season game Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

He declined further comment.

The Lightning are set to meet Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.


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